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April 26, 2015

Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL

Although the summer rain patterns have arrived early this year, fishing here in east Central Florida has been good for the most part. One of the outstanding features about being an angler on the Indian River Lagoon Coast of Florida is the diversity of fisheries available, and this past week I had the opportunity to do charters in three different bodies of water.

On the inshore flats, the finger mullet have arrived in vast numbers on just about every flat, and along with them the top-water plug fishing has been unleashed. Arriving on the flat just before sunrise has produced significant action working top-water plugs in shallow in areas of active bait. In most cases this past week the fish were small with a few respectable trout and reds mixed in, but the action was continuous up to about mid-morning with a mixed bag of trout, redfish, bluefish, ladyfish and jacks. Water levels are up a bit due to the rainfall received last week, but the water is still clean for the most part.

The second area fished last week was near-shore out of Port Canaveral. I had been hearing reports of pogie schools and large tarpon, so I opted for a near-shore adventure which ended up being a very nice boat ride. Reports were there was some larger tarpon south of the Port between the Cocoa Pier and Patrick AFB, so I decided to head south to take a look. Well long story short, we ran south all the way to Patrick AFB and found no bait or tarpon. We then turned north and ran past the shoals off of Cape Canaveral and again found no fish and no bait. Did I mention it was a very pretty day and a very nice boat ride?

Lamomda's St Johns River Catfish

Lamomda's St Johns River Catfish

Lamomda's catfish Dinner

Lamomda's catfish Dinner

The third fishery we fished was a freshwater bass and channel catfish fishing adventure on the St Johns River in the Geneva area. Again we launched at the newly renovated CS Lee Park before first light, and when we reached our first area where I typically bass fish, the wind was blowing hard. Our plan was again to fish top-water plugs, but due to the rough conditions we only managed to catch three largemouth. On this occasion, my clients were looking for some fish to take home, so I suggested we target channel catfish. After switching our tactics to Plan B, we finished out the charter catching a good number of catfish up to 9 pounds.

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Fishing Forecast

Lisa's First Silver King

Lisa's First Silver King

May, 2015

Complements of Mosquito Creek Outdoors, Apopka, FL

April's Fishing Outlook

May's Fishing Forecast

As the length of daylight and the water temperatures increase, so do the fishing opportunities along the Lagoon Coast of Florida. May is one of the better fishing months on east Florida's coastal waters, so make sure your lunch is packed, mental health days are scheduled and I'll see you on the water.

Paul's summer sea trout caught on a High Roller top-water plug.

Paul's summer sea trout caught on a High Roller top-water plug.

On the lagoon flats, redfish and spotted sea trout will provide the majority of the action for light tackle and fly anglers. For sea trout, fish your favorite top-water plugs at first light in about two feet of water concentrating in areas were baitfish are active. After the morning top-water bite fades, switch to your favorite soft plastic jig fished in three to five feet of water alone the edges of flats or spoil islands. The water has warmed to the point where the jack crevalle, ladyfish, snook, and tarpon will begin to show up in good numbers. In addition, there is a huge showing of finger mullet this season, so it's time to break out your DOA Bait Busters. Schooling redfish and other predators find the Bait Busters difficult to resist when retrieved quickly just under the surface of the water in areas of concentrated mullet schools. Remember when using the technique; keep your lure moving until you feel the fish on the line.

Becky's Mega Jack

Becky's Mega Jack

Near-shore along the beaches, concentrate your efforts in the areas of active bait pods (pogies). Typically, when you see concentrated areas of bait with birds feeding on the surface, big fish are just as active underneath. Species feeding on these pods include tarpon, jack cervalle, redfish, cobia, and sharks. Near the end of the month, you can add kingfish into the mix. Also, tripletail and flounder numbers should be improving around the Port Canaveral buoys. At the inlets and beaches, Spanish mackerel, snook, redfish, jack crevalle, bluefish, flounder, sheepshead, and black drum are just some of the species available this month.

Blue water trolling should be excellent in May, with the larger dolphin being the focus of most blue water anglers. Also in the mix are tuna, wahoo, kingfish, sailfish, and an occasional marlin. When targeting these species, work areas of color and water temperature changes (lines) in 120 feet of water or deeper, and in areas of concentrated floating weeds and debris. In addition, don't forget that kingfish and cobia are present on the near-shore shoals, reefs and wrecks like Bethel Shoals, Pelican Flats, Chris Benson, and 8A reefs.

Captain Tom Van Horn